Diablo III will undergo unexpected and major surgery in March 2014, to remove not only the real-money auction house, but the in-game gold one, too. Blizzard announced the decision in a pithy Diablo III blog post this afternoon.
To its credit, the company offers a candid explanation for the move: In so many words, the grand experiment failed.
When we initially designed and implemented the auction houses, the driving goal was to provide a convenient and secure system for trades. But as we’ve mentioned on different occasions, it became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the AH system and the fact that many players around the world use it, it ultimately undermines Diablo’s core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot. With that in mind, we want to let everyone know that we’ve decided to remove the gold and real-money auction house system from Diablo III.
I’ll slow clap…
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